Keke Palmer Hopes She'll Be Cast in "Sister Act 3": "Your Girl is Ready For the Gig"
If you're still hoping and praying for a third Sister Act movie, you're about to feel extremely blessed — joyful, joyful, even. According to Whoopi Goldberg, the long-awaited threequel is still happening. And that's not all: she already has a dream cast in mind.
During an October episode of "Hell of a Week With Charlamagne Tha God," she shared details about the upcoming project, including the stars she would love to see join the cast. Among her top picks to join the third film? Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Nicki Minaj. "I'm gonna ask Keke to come. You know, I want everybody to come in. I want Lizzo to come," she said. "I want as many people who want to have some fun because I really, desperately need to have some fun."
"I live for fan casting. The community has me booked, and honey, I'm here for it."
For her part, Palmer is just waiting for an official call from Disney. On Oct. 7, she tweeted a fan-made poster for "Sister Act 3" featuring her name alongside Goldberg's. "God bless y'all for this manifestation over my life. @WaltDisneyCo, this is what they asked for I'm just here to relay." And in a November interview with POPSUGAR, Palmer raved about fans' excitement for her potentially joining the film's cast.
"Oh, yeah. I live for fan casting. The community has me booked, and honey, I'm here for it," she said with a laugh. "They know your girl is ready for a job and they're going to keep me booked to the end of time. I live for that. It really touches my heart to the core. And so I'm ready for 'Sister Act 3.' Your girl Whoopi knows the crowd, man, and I'm ready. Your girl is ready for the gig, okay?"
When asked if she's spoken to Goldberg about the threequel recently, Palmer added, "You know what? I was supposed to be on a call with Miss EGOT not too long ago. She already working on another project, so it's nothing but a couple of months in advance. [But] soon as I get on that line, I'm definitely going to let the people know."
Now that Goldberg has her ideal crew in mind, it's just a matter of time before cast announcements start rolling out. Goldberg previously confirmed "Sister Act 3" was still in the works during a September episode of "The View." "You know we're still going to do that movie," she told her original "Sister Act" costar Jenifer Lewis. "I do everything I can to work with [Lewis] because she's fun."
Lewis and Goldberg also spent a little time on air reminiscing about the time they spent together working on the original movie, back in 1992. In fact, Lewis even recalled how she "taught" Goldberg how to sing for the movie's big musical numbers. "I told Whoopi, 'Look, you just get in this mirror with the two of us, and you just get a hairbrush, and pretend that we're 15 years old singing with Gladys Knight & the Pips,' and Whoopi did it," she said. "She sang that little booty off!"
When Will "Sister Act 3" Be Released?
Back in 2020, Disney+ announced plans to develop the third Sister Act movie with "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" showrunner Tim Federle directing and Madhuri Shekar penning the script, per Deadline, who later reported that Tyler Perry is one of the film's producers. Since then, updates on the film have been scarce — including a release date, which has yet to be teased. However, back in July, Goldberg revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she's been pushing for the movie to happen for several years now.
"I've been trying to do this for six years," she said. "I was told no one was interested in this. It takes a minute for people to realize they should take their foot out of their mouth . . . It's coming. We gotta shoot it, but it's happening. You're never fully happy with a script because one of the things you find is you wanna have the space to make an adjustment if you need to. Sometimes what looks right on paper doesn't come out of your mouth the right way. You have to move it around a little bit, but I'm very hopeful people will be happy."
When Will "Sister Act 3" Plot
Goldberg also gave ET a tiny tidbit about where her iconic character, Deloris, will be when we rejoin her decades later. "We did [the first and second movies] back to back, which is why I think they are really great. But now you need some space on it, and you need to let [my character] grow up and become an adult, which is what's happened. We'll see. She was an adult when she started, but she's much more of an adult now."